Saturday, April 29, 2017

To celebrate #IndependentBookstoreDay today, April 29th, we are highlighting East Village Books on St. Mark's Place

This small used bookstore opened in 1994 and not only sells a huge variety of art and photography books, textbooks, and paperbacks, but also sells CDs and DVDS. They also buy used books and takes in close to 500 used books a week. #storefront


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Empire Diner is located inside a 1946 Fodero Dining Car on Tenth Avenue at w22nd Street in #Chelsea.

After surviving a few different ownerships in the past 40 years and being closed completely for the past 16 months, it has finally reopened under new ownership. It has a revamped menu under Chef John Delucie and an updated decor. We haven't visited it yet but will always love it when it had the miniature stainless steel Empire State Building replica on its roof as seen in this photo from 2009 which appears in our book "New York Nights". Prints available if interested please contact us at : jandkphoto@att.net #storefront


Monday, April 24, 2017

TONIGHT! "Capturing the Faces and Voices of the Lower East Side's Disappearing Storefronts," at the Neighborhood Preservation Center.

Although we have reached full capacity of 70 participants, we are accepting people for the second session via wait-list.  Thanks to our sponsors and all the websites for showing their support!


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Not only is Veselka an amazing restaurant but has also generously provided support of our workshops, "Capturing the Faces and Voices of the Lower East Side's Disappearing Storefronts,"

"Capturing the Faces and Voices of the Lower East Side's Disappearing Storefronts," will be held at the Neighborhood Preservation Center starting this Monday, April 24th. Registration is through Eventbrite.com and although we have reached full capacity of 70 participants, we are accepting people via waitlist.

Veselka, located on 2nd Avenue at 9th Street, was established in 1954 by Ukranian immigrant Wlodymar Darmochal. It was originally established as a newsstand/candy store that also sold soup and sandwiches. Since the 1970s it has specialized in homemade pierogies, borscht and potato pancakes, which 2nd-generation owner Tom Birchard refers to as Ukranian SOUL FOOD! Veselka makes 3,000 pierogies every day, 2,500 potato pancakes every week and 5,000 gallons of borscht every year. There are 4 full-time women who make pierogis every day.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Abandoned barber shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

This is definitely a favorite #storefront of ours even though it hasn't seen a customer in years. Not only do we love the #architecture of the wood and brick facade but also the #vintage broken #barber pole๐Ÿ’ˆ outside and the disheveled blinds in the windows and the American flag ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ covering the door. We wish would could have visited it while it was open but still admire its understated beauty. #disappearingfaceofnewyork


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Society of Mutual Assistance Maria S.S. Di Casaluce in Brooklyn founded in 1905.

Benefit societies are often formed to provide mutual aid to members and are organized around a shared ethnic background, religion or geographical region. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น  We love this #handpainted #sign and the symmetry in the windows and vents in the #storefront.